Architectural High: The Long Goodbye

The first time I caught a film at Cinefamily was last Friday. The film was Robert Altman’s 1973 adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. I scurried over Hollywood from Burbank after work to meet a friend at the excellent repertory theater on Fairfax (also known as The Silent Movie Theater) and spent the next hour and a half realizing why people gave me such hell for never having seen it.

Great script, great acting, great fun (and a pants-less cameo by California’s governor,) but what really blew me away was Gould’s Hollywood Hills pad, which had so much personality and presence, with its spectacular views and free-standing elevator tower, that it became a character all its own. My friend Maria, companion for the evening and old coworker from my Rocket Video days, told me she used to live on the same street. That was the only clue I needed. The next day, because I do that sort of thing, I went exploring in the hills until I found it. It’s on Hightower Drive. (another monster pic after the fold)

Think it’s rent-controlled?

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye / Dead Again

6 Replies to “Architectural High: The Long Goodbye”

  1. Yes, the elevator tower and one of the adjacent hilltop houses it serves figure heavily in %i(Dead Again).

  2. That was exactly my friend said when I told her on Friday, though she expressed it more through body language. Had she been drinking a Coke/Sprite/Dr. Pepper suicide it would have been all over the back of the people sitting in front of us.

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